Gil Gerard

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Gil Gerard
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Gerard at the Big Apple Convention in Manhattan, October 17, 2009.
Born Gilbert C. Gerard
(1943-01-23) January 23, 1943 (age 74)
Little Rock, Arkansas, U.S.
Occupation Actor
Years active 1970–present
Spouse(s) Connie Sellecca (m. 1979–87) (divorced)
Bobi Leonard (m. 1987–89) (divorced)
Children Gilbert 'Gib' Vincent Gerard[1]
Website gilgerard.com

Gilbert C. "Gil" Gerard (born January 23, 1943) is an American actor, most notable for his role as Captain William "Buck" Rogers in the 1979–1981 television series Buck Rogers in the 25th Century.

Early life[edit]

Gerard was born in Little Rock, Arkansas, to a college instructor mother and a salesman father.[2] While attending Little Rock Catholic High School for Boys, he was involved in acting. He worked at a Kroger grocery store in his teens. In 1960, he attended Maryknoll Seminary, in Glen Ellyn, Illinois and played the title role in an all male production of The Music Man. He attended the University of Central Arkansas but dropped out before graduation.[citation needed]

Career[edit]

Gerard was employed as an industrial chemist, and within a few years of starting he became regional manager of a large chemical company headed by governor Winthrop Rockefeller. Gerard's employers said they would appoint him as the firm's vice president if he undertook a master's degree course, so he quit rather than explain that he did not have a college degree.[citation needed]

He then went to New York City where he studied drama by day and drove a taxicab at night. Gerard picked up a fare who showed a lively interest in the problems of unknown, unemployed actors. Before he left the cab, he told Gerard to report in a few days to the set of Love Story, which was being filmed on location in New York. When Gerard arrived on the Love Story set, he was hired as an extra. Later that day, he was singled out for a "bit" role, but his role was not included in the finished film.

During the next few years, he did most of his acting in television commercials, almost 400, including a stint as spokesman for the Ford Motor Company. After small roles in the gay-themed film Some of My Best Friends Are... (1971), and the thriller Man on a Swing (1974), Gerard then gained a prominent role in the daytime soap opera The Doctors for two years. Gerard also formed his own production company in partnership with a writer-producer, co-authored a screenplay called Hooch (1977) and filmed it as a starring vehicle for himself. With Hooch completed, he was summoned to California to co-star with Yvette Mimieux in Ransom for Alice! (1977) and to play Lee Grant's youthful lover in Universal's Airport '77 (1977). He appeared in a 1977 episode of Hawaii Five-O (The Ninth Step) as Marty Cobb, a former cop and recovering alcoholic. A guest appearance in Little House on the Prairie impressed producer-star Michael Landon, who cast him in the leading role in the 1978 TV movie Killing Stone. Gerard then landed his best known role, as Captain William "Buck" Rogers in the TV series Buck Rogers in the 25th Century which ran from 1979 to 1981, with the feature-length pilot episode being released theatrically some months prior to the first broadcast of the series. After this, he was featured in a number of other TV shows and movies, including starring roles in the short-lived series Sidekicks (1986) and E.A.R.T.H. Force (1990).

In 1992, Gerard presented the reality TV series Code 3, which followed firefighters from different areas of the US as they respond to emergency calls. The show ran on the Fox TV Network until the following year. For the remainder of the 1990s, Gerard made guest appearances on various TV shows, including Fish Police, Brotherly Love, The Big Easy, Days of Our Lives and Pacific Blue.

In January 2007, Gerard was the subject of the one-hour documentary Action Hero Makeover on the Discovery Health Channel, which documented his year-long progress after undergoing life-saving mini-gastric bypass surgery in October 2005. According to the program, he had been struggling with his weight for 40 years, losing weight only to gain it back. By the time of the program's production, his weight had risen to over 350 pounds (160 kg), and he had many life-threatening health problems including a severe problem with type 2 diabetes. Within five days of the surgery he had lost 20 lb (9.1 kg), within three months he had lost 80 lb (36 kg), and within ten months he lost a total of 145 lb (66 kg).[3]

Gerard and his Buck Rogers co-star Erin Gray reunited in 2007 for the TV film Nuclear Hurricane, and also returned to the Buck Rogers universe by playing the characters' parents in the pilot episode of James Cawley's Buck Rogers Begins Internet video series in 2009.[4]

Gerard guest-starred as Admiral Jack Sheehan in "Kitumba", the January 1, 2014 episode of the fan web series Star Trek: Phase II.[5][6]

In 2015, Gerard voiced Megatronus in Transformers: Robots in Disguise.

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1971 Some of My Best Friends Are... Scott
1974 Man on a Swing Donald Forbes
1977 Airport '77 Frank Powers
1977 Hooch Eddie Joe
1979 Buck Rogers in the 25th Century Capt. William "Buck" Rogers
1985 Fury to Freedom Officer
1991 Soldier's Fortune Robert E. Lee Jones Alternative title: Soldiers of Fortune
1996 Looking for Bruce Richard
1998 Mom, Can I Keep Her? Reinhart Direct-to-video
1999 Fugitive Mind Karl Gardner Direct-to-video
2000 The Stepdaughter Jesse Conner Direct-to-video
2001 Air Rage Victor Quinn Direct-to-video
2007 Psycho Hillbilly Cabin Massacre! Narrator (voice) Short film
2009 Dire Wolf Col. Hendry Alternative title: Dino Wolf
2012 Blood Fare Professor Meade
2014 Boldly Gone Ben (voice) Short film
2016 The Nice Guys Bergen Paulsen
2016 Surge of Power: Revenge of the Sequel Harold Harris

Television[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1973–1976 The Doctors Dr. Alan Stewart 162 episodes
1976 Baretta Steve Episode - "Dear Tony"
1977 Ransom for Alice! Clint Kirby TV movie
1977 Little House on the Prairie Chris Nelson Episode - "The Handyman"
1977 Hawaii Five-O Marty Cobb Episode - "The Ninth Step"
1978 Killing Stone Gil Stone TV movie
1979–1981 Buck Rogers in the 25th Century Capt. William "Buck" Rogers 37 episodes
1982 Help Wanted: Male Johnny Gillis TV movie
1982 Not Just Another Affair Bob Gifford TV movie
1982 Hear No Evil Dragon TV movie
1983 Johnny Blue Johnny Blue TV pilot episode
1984 For Love or Money Mike TV movie
1985 Stormin' Home Bobby Atkins TV movie
1985 International Airport David Montgomery TV movie
1986–1987 Sidekicks Sergeant Jake Rizzo 23 episodes
1989 Nightingales Dr. Paul Petrillo 5 episodes
1989 Final Notice Harry Stoner TV movie
1990 E.A.R.T.H. Force Dr. John Harding 6 episodes
1992 Fish Police Additional Voices Unknown episodes
1996 Brotherly Love Big Mike Episode - "Big Mike"
1997 The Big Easy Mickey Donelley Episode - "A Perfect Day for Buffalo Fish"
1997 Days of Our Lives Major Dodd Unknown episodes
1998 Pacific Blue Raymond Annandale Episode - "Double Lives"
2006 Beyond General Walter North TV movie
2007 Nuclear Hurricane Bob TV movie
2008 Bone Eater Big Jim Burns TV movie
2009 Reptisaurus General Morgenstern TV movie
2009 Ghost Town Preacher McCready TV movie
2011 The Lost Valentine Neil Thomas Robinson Jr. TV movie
2013 Star Trek New Voyages: Phase II Admiral Sheehan Episode - "Kitumba"
2014 Drop Dead Diva George Blund Episode - "Hope and Glory"
2015 Transformers: Robots in Disguise Megatronus (voice) 3 episodes

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